Shocked by generosity, variety
Back in September, when we decided with no chairman and no time that we would have the annual St. Anthony Carnival after all, I offered to call businesses and ask for donations for bingo and door prizes. Before I could say, "What have I gotten myself into?" I jumped right in, opened the phone book to 'A' and started making calls. I learned a few things on my way through the alphabet.
First, I found myself shocked at the number of businesses that I had never heard of. There are products and services of such variety in this area. If you think you know everybody and everything in Carbon County, you are grossly underestimating us.
Second, I found myself equally shocked at the level of generosity shown by our local business owners and managers. I run my own business, so I know they have been functioning with revenues that are down 10 to 20 percent for the past three years. Yet, time and again, the level of giving was surprising to me. I know that I am not the only one with their hand out. These businesses are approached all year by local churches, by the schools, and your kids' sports teams. Frankly, the list is endless for the needs are endless. I can't stop thanking each and every one of you who donated. You are going to make this year's carnival a huge success! So, first, let me invite you and your families and those of your employees to join us for the fun, this Friday and Saturday evening, at this year's St. Anthony Carnival. It is held in the Helper Auditorium on Main Street in Helper.
To the people of Carbon County, let me ask all of you to think local this Christmas shopping season and support the businesses that do so much for this community in so many different ways.
To all the business people, thank you again for not only your generosity but for your kindness. Even the business owners that turned me down did it with patience, care, and even regret. You all made what could have been a grueling job rather pleasant and fun.
Erica Kardelis, Helper
I would like to clarify some information that was included in an article published in the Sun Advocate on Oct. 11, 2011 regarding local salons raising money for cancer survivors.
In the article it was stated that funds had previously been donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and that no Komen funding has helped locally. In fact,the Susan G. Komen Salt Lake City Affiliate has been the main source of funding for PERKIE Travels for the past 10 years and has directly provided $124,800 in funding to this local program. PERKIE Travels is administered by Active Re-Entry and provides transportation five days a week for cancer patients in need of treatment in Provo. Since beginning in 1994 PERKIE Travels has provided rides to hundreds of local residents in need of cancer treatment, this program is provided free of charge to cancer patients because of the generosity of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The Komen Foundation covers approximately 80 percent of the costs of operating the program. The remaining costs of the program are covered by donations from individuals, and ongoing donations from other community organizations such as the Carbon County Commission, Emery County Commission, Emery County Recreation, United Methodist Women, SNPJ Lodge #689, Xi Alpha Zeta, United Way of Eastern Utah, and an annual Silpada Jewelry fundraiser by Nancy Boyle.
While the Komen Foundation does not fundraise locally or take money out of the local community, they have provided substantial funding directly to this community, without the recognition they deserve.
I hope this information helps to clarify some of the misinformation regarding the funding source of PERKIE Travels. For more information regarding PERKIE Travels please contact Active Re-Entry.
Lisa Martinez, Program Coordinator Active Re-Entry PERKIE Travels, Price
The fear is real
Haunted houses, ghost tours and creepy costumes are all part of the terror we experience during October. Our bodies actually have a real, physiological response to fear, which, when we know it isn't real, becomes fun. Unfortunately, fear is a very real part of everyday life for the 112,000 moms, dads, spouses, friends and children who are waiting for a life-saving transplant and wondering if it will ever come.
A mother recently blogged about watching the documentary "65 Red Roses" about a woman named Eva who suffered from cystic fibrosis and was waiting for a lung transplant. She described the documentary as heart-breaking in her blog because her two year old daughter has cystic fibrosis. Watching Eva in the movie struggle to breathe was frightening. This is the kind of fear that does not disappear with Halloween at the end of October and it is definitely not fun.
Unfortunately, this mother and daughter are not alone. Recently a 12 year old girl collapsed at school. Medical tests determined that a condition previously thought to be asthma was actually heart disease and the girl needed a heart transplant.
Less public, but still every bit as real is the man who sits patiently in a dialysis center for three hours, three mornings every week while his wife goes through dialysis treatment, or the mother of two young boys who watches as her husband becomes weaker each day because he suffers from liver disease. She wonders if he will get the transplant he needs or if she will be left to raise her children on her own.
These are just a few examples of the people in Utah who experience real fear every day.
Easier than handing out candy to kids, and costs less, each of us has the power to take some of the fear out of the lives of those waiting for a life saving transplant. We can say "yes" to organ donation.
This simple decision won't change your life today, but it ensures that at the time of your death, if you are eligible to donate organs, tissue or corneas, your family will be made aware of your wishes and you could help someone on that waiting list. What an incredible legacy to leave behind.
Get the facts about donation, log on to www.yesutah.org.
Dixie Madsen, Intermountain Donor Services, Salt Lake City